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What Size Air Conditioner Will Fit My Home?

Proper sizing is critical for your air conditioning system, and it’s not as easy as you may think. Many people will tell you all you have to know to properly size your AC system is the square footage of your home. The truth is that the square footage is only one of several important factors that have to be accounted for to ensure your cooling system is correctly sized for your home in Fairfield, CT. What else has to be considered? Let’s take a look.

The Factors of a Cooling Load

Calculating the cooling load for your home takes into account a number of factors that all contribute in some way to your home gaining heat throughout the day. These factors include:

  • The orientation of your home
  • Daytime heat gain
  • Number of floors, doors and windows
  • Type of doors and windows
  • Levels of insulation throughout the home
  • Number of occupants
  • Floor plan
  • Square footage

Why Are These Factors Important?

Your home needs a specific amount of cooling to be comfortable. All of the above-listed factors help your technician determine the specific amount of cooling your home needs to be comfortable during the warm summer months. Once this amount is correctly calculated, your technician will know which size AC is the best for your home.

How Can an AC Be Incorrectly Sized?

Many homeowners understand that an air conditioning system can be too small to adequately cool a home, but few realize that an AC system can be too big. Bigger is not better when it comes to installing and using an air conditioning system because a system that is too big – that cools too quickly – does not properly dehumidify your home. This will leave your home feeling cool and clammy instead of cool and dry.

If you need help properly sizing a new or replacement AC system for your home, call the experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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